Advocating for your health

Knowing what your body needs
Taking care of your overall health is critical to carrying out any high level task in life. I am writing this post during a heatwave. I know that I get dehydrated very easily. Therefore it is really important for me to drink a lot of water and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

Caring for your body as you age
As I get older, I am circumspect about the health of my bones and joints. For example, on the way back to my car after a recent concert, I tripped and fell down pretty hard on my knee. A few days later I went to see a nurse practitioner who was very assuring that everything was fine.

Speak up to healthcare providers
Since I was still feeling there was something not quite healed inside my knee, I decided to have it X-rayed. I feel it is important to advocate for oneself when interacting with the healthcare system. Yes, everything seemed fine from the outside, but knees are complicated. My concern is that I have met many older adults with compromised mobility. I’m still waiting on the results. More to follow…

Questions
What have you experienced with healthcare professionals? Have you tried working with a chiropractor or a sports medicine doctor? Have you tried working with an unconventional healer such as an Alexander or Feldenkrais practitioner?

The Inspiration for Violinists card deck
This “Heal yourself” card is part of a 50 card deck. Every card has a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality.

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